Latest News as of 1/25/17

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1) Depositions – Ddln Extended
2) Add Race in Am. Law today
3) Add Basic Legal Values today
4) Penn Law Jrnl
5) Green Corps
6) DeCal w/space
7) Hastings Pre-Law Conf

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1) Depositions – Ddln Extended

Depositions – Ddln Extended

NOTE: The Deadline to Apply for Depositions has been extended one day to TODAY Wednesday, January 25th!

Legal Studies Spring 2017 Announcement: An Opportunity for Undergrads to Participate in a Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall) JD Skills Class with the OPTION of earning 1 unit of LS 199 Individual Research Credit

In Spring 2017, undergraduates will have a unique opportunity to play the role of witnesses in a Berkeley Law (Boalt Hall) JD Professional Skills Class (Depositions: Law 246.3), taught by Professor Henry Hecht.

Professor Hecht seeks six (6) students to serve as role-playing witnesses.  Students selected will be expected to prepare in advance by reading a witness statement and a limited amount of background material.  Witnesses will then be expected to participate in six Tuesday afternoon class sessions from 3:35 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., on the following dates: 2/7; 2/14; 3/7; 3/14; 4/11; and 4/18.  During those sessions, you will play the role of a witness for either the plaintiff or the defendant in a mock case.  Students selected must be able to commit to attending all six Tuesday afternoon classes.  (Note: Witnesses will role play during only the first one-half of class or during the second one-half of each class only, unless they are seeking LS 199 credit, as described below, in which case they must attend the entire class.)

Professor Hecht’s Depositions course is a skills course, in which Boalt Hall law students, working in small groups, simulate the process of preparing witnesses for their depositions and then taking as well as defending their depositions.  Practicing Bay Area lawyers attend these sessions, observe the law students in action, and critique their performances.  (Note: A deposition is a pre-trial legal procedure in which witnesses in a civil lawsuit answer questions by the opposing parties under oath, typically in a law office.)

Playing the role of a witness will allow you to gain insight into the US system of civil litigation and to see it in operation.  In addition, it will provide a chance to meet and talk with Berkeley Law students and Bay Area attorneys.  Finally, witnesses will earn a $50.00 Amazon gift card for their service.

To Apply:
Please apply by e-mail to Professor Hecht’s assistant Stephanie Dorton at dorton@berkeley.edu, by no later than Tuesday, January 24, at 5:00 p.m.  Please include the words “Application to be a Witness” and your last name in the subject line of your e-mail.  In your cover message, please include a brief statement about why you are interested in taking part in this class; and attach your resume.

Students’ applications will be reviewed by Professor Hecht, and he will notify students of his decisions by no later than Tuesday, January 31, at 5:00 p.m.

OPTION: Earn 1 Unit of LS 199 Course Credit for Supervised Independent Research with Professor Perry
Students who choose this OPTION have the opportunity to earn one unit of LS 199 P/NP course credit for their service as a witness in Professor Hecht’s Depositions class under the supervisor of Professor Perry.  In order to earn this supervised independent research credit, students will be required to do some additional readings on the civil litigation process and on the participant observation method.  At the end of the semester, these students must submit a paper of at least ten pages in length (exclusive of notes and bibliography).  The requirements for the LS 199 course credit, offered by Professor Perry, are described below.

Requirements for LS 199 credit:
i.     Attend all six afternoon sessions, and prepare for the role plays;
ii.    Take notes on what you did and what you observed, preferably in a small note pad, organized by the date of the session; and submit the raw, handwritten pages along with your final paper;
iii.    Read materials, posted on bCourses, on participant observation methods; and consider how the method(s) apply to your own experience;
iv.    Read two chapters, posted on bCourses, from Robert Kagan’s Adversarial Legalism: The American Way of Law, focusing especially on Chapter 6, which mentions depositions; and
v.    Meet at least twice during the semester with Professor Perry.
vi.    Papers will be graded on a P/NP basis by Professor Perry.

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2) Add Race in Am. Law today

Add Race in Am. Law today

Professor Bruce’s seminar has tons of room.
For those of you who are having a hard time filling your schedule or are stuck on Waitlists, you can add this course right now.
Check in with Professor Bruce as the course has met twice already.
190.4: Race in American Law, Emily Bruce, 4 units, Area II or IV  Tuesday 2-5

From our founding documents to our immigration policy to our criminal justice system, ideas about race are embedded into America’s legal institutions. Yet despite the ubiquity of race in the structures that govern us, many of the actors who shape our legal landscape operate under unexamined assumptions about what race really is and what role it should and does play in our society. In this course, we will investigate how legal institutions in the United States have defined race in ways both subtle and overt. We will also consider the role we think race should play in America’s public policy in light of the ideals and values our governing documents articulate.

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3) Add Basic Legal Values today

Add Basic Legal Values today

Professor Dan-Cohen’s seminar has tons of room.
If you’re stuck on waitlists or having trouble finding classes, you can add this course right now.
Check in with Professor Dan-Cohen as the course has met twice already.

190.2:  Basic Legal Values, Dan-Cohen, 4 units, Area II   Tuesday 2-5

Although everyone agrees that law promotes some values, what these values are is often unclear and controversial. This is increasingly the case the more we come to recognize cultural diversity and moral pluralism faced by the law. In this seminar we will examine a number of values that have been advanced within the liberal tradition, such as well-being, autonomy, and dignity, and consider their potential role in shaping or explaining a wide range of legal disputes. The seminar will divide into two parts. In the first, we’ll get acquainted with these values in the context of the two main strands in liberal moral theory – utilitarianism and Kantianism – and consider some general issues concerning the meaning of these values and their interrelationships. The second part will consist of student presentations on specific substantive topics in which the general issues discussed in the first part arise.

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4) Penn Law Jrnl

Penn Law Jrnl

Call for Submissions — Penn Undergraduate Law Journal [www.pulj.org]

The Penn Undergraduate Law Journal is soliciting submissions for its eighth issue. Please see below for details.

QUALIFICATIONS FOR SUBMISSION

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Friday, February 3rd, 2017 at 11:59 PM EST

PULJ is looking for papers ranging from 15 to 100+ double-spaced pages in length. Our journal is especially receptive to research papers, senior theses, and independent studies or final papers written for classes. Papers need not be on American law — they can be on the laws or legal system of any country. We consider submissions on a rolling basis, so if your piece is not finished by the deadline, please still submit it upon completion (to be considered for a later issue).

Students in any field of study are encouraged to submit their work, so long as their piece relates to the law or the legal system. Possible disciplinary perspectives include, but are not limited to: History, Criminology, Economics, Sociology, Anthropology, English, Biology, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Linguistics, Psychology, and Political Science.

Please submit your work here: http://www.pulj.org/submissions.html

Selected pieces will be published in the eighth issue of the Penn Undergraduate Law Journal.

Please submit questions or concerns on the contact page of our website, which can be accessed here: http://www.pulj.org/contact.html

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5) Green Corps

Green Corps
Green Corps Early Application Deadline: January 20th, 2017

Click here to learn more about Green Corps’ paid environmental organizing fellowship.

Green Corps is looking for college graduates who are ready to take on the biggest environmental challenges of our day.

In Green Corps’ yearlong paid program, you’ll get intensive training in the skills you need to make a difference in the world. You’ll get hands-on experience fighting to solve urgent environmental problems — global warming, deforestation, water pollution, factory farming and many others — with groups like Sierra Club and Food & Water Watch. And when you graduate from Green Corps, we’ll help you find a career with one of the nation’s leading environmental and social change groups.

For more information, read on or visit http://www.greencorps.org.

In your year with Green Corps:

Be trained by the best:
Green Corps organizers take part in trainings with leading figures in the environmental and social change movements: people like Phil Radford, former Executive Director of Greenpeace USA, and Bill McKibben, author and founder of 350.org.

Learn new skills:
Green Corps will teach you to recruit and train activists and volunteers, build coalitions, organize events and gain media coverage, and much more—all of the skills it takes to build public support for our environment.

Gain experience across the country:

Green Corps sends organizers to jumpstart campaigns for groups such as Food & Water Watch, the Sierra Club, and Conservation Lands Foundation in major cities to small towns across the country.

Make an impact on today’s environmental challenges:

A team of Green Corps organizers helped run a publicity campaign that persuaded Kellogg’s Cereal to pressure its supplier of palm oil to stop destroying tropical forests. Other Green Corps organizers have played critical roles in the retirement of over a dozen coal-fired power plants on the Sierra Club’s Beyond Coal campaign.

Get paid! Green Corps organizers earn a salary of $26,000. Eligible staff will receive:

Paid holidays and sick days
Opportunity to enroll in group healthcare plan after 90 days (employee contribution toward healthcare varies by state).
After 3 months, opportunity to apply for our college loan assistance program.
10 days of paid vacation.

We also offer an excellent training program and opportunities for advancement.

Launch your career: Green Corps will help connect you to environmental and progressive groups that are looking for full-time staff to build their organizations and help them create social change and protect our environment.

The application process:
In the next few months, we‘ll invite a select group of individuals to join Green Corps in 2017 – 2018. We’re looking for people who are serious about saving the planet, people who have taken initiative on their campus or community, and people who are willing to roll up their sleeves and work for change over the long haul.

If you think you’re one of those people, visit www.greencorps.org/apply to apply.

Green Corps’ yearlong program begins in August 2017 with Introductory Classroom Training and continues with field placements in multiple locations across the U.S. Candidates must be willing to relocate.

For more information, visit www.greencorps.org or contact Josh Buswell-Charkow at josh@greencorps.org.

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6) DeCal w/space

DeCal w/space

Need additional units?  Our first day of class will be on February 2nd.

faithandreasons.com | Thursdays 6-8pm  | GPB 100  | CCN#: 33557

Faith & Reasons brings together faculty, scholars, and students from various academic interests who are striving to make better sense of the world by inquiring deeper beyond the limits of what is definitively known within the humanities and sciences. The aim of this course is to revisit some key principles that remain foundational to the pursuit of truth and help students solidify a more coherent perspective of the world. This course will address questions concerning the nature of doubt, existence, and God. Students and speakers are encouraged to engage in meaningful and serious conversations about what are commonly “un-answerable” or “controversial” perspectives. Ultimately, this course offers a safe space to examine, evaluate, and solidify a worldview based on faith and reasons.

Here are the top 5 reasons that make our course unique:
1. Meet Faculty Members who are asking big questions about Life alongside you!
2. Engage in content curated talks that value your opinions, questions, and challenges you to engage in conversations about our identities and outlooks of the world.
3. Become a part of a lecture group series with smaller discussion sections offered by our team consisting of students, professional staff with counseling experience, and expert debators!
4. Find Meaning, Purpose, Identity!
5. Be empowered & have your questions heard while being graded on your ideas.

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7) Hastings Pre-Law Conf

Hastings Pre-Law Conf

The Community Services Committee of the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area (AABA) and other organizations will be hosting their 8th annual pre-law conference at UC Hastings on Saturday, February 4, 2015 for college and high school students, especially those from diverse backgrounds. This is a FREE event.  Below is more detailed information about the program. Here is a link to our website: www.legallyasianlaw.com.

On Saturday, February 4, 2017, the Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Bay Area’s Community Services Committee and other bar associations and student groups will be hosting their 8th annual pre-law diversity conference “Pathways to Law” to encourage college and high school students to pursue a law degree.  Pathways to Law will be held at UC Hastings College of the Law, located at 200 McAllister Street, San Francisco, CA 94102.  Registration and breakfast will be from 8:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., and the conference will be from 9 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with breaks and a lunch hour.  This event is FREE for all attendees.  All food and beverages will be provided.

Pathways to Law aims to expose college and high school students, as well as recent young graduates, to law school and the legal profession; to explain career options available with a law degree; and to discuss current issues that impact Asian and Pacific Islander communities.  The conference will feature distinguished panelists who have used their law degrees in a variety of ways. The panels will cover legal careers in the public and private sectors – including firm attorneys, public interest attorneys, government attorneys, judges, and in-house counsel – as well as career paths outside the “traditional” practice of law.  Also, a panel of Bay Area law students will share their experiences from admission through graduation, and attendees will get a taste of law school through an interactive mock class.

In addition to the panels, attendees will have the opportunity to meet and network with attorneys and law students during the lunch hour.  All attendees will be provided with a packet that will include tips on the admissions process and legal education.

All interested students, parents, teachers, and others are welcome.  Please register at www.legallyasianlaw.com. Walk-ins are welcome.  If you have any questions, please email Claire Choo at cchoo@dankolaw.com

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8)UCDC Fa17 Apps Open

UDCC Fa17 Apps Open
Application deadline for Fall 2017:   Feb 23, 2017

Want to learn more?  Come to one of our information sessions in 236 Evans Hall.  An alumnus of the program will speak about his or her experience and and we’ll be there to present internship information and answer any of your questions.

Info Sessions are in 236 Evans

Thu, Jan. 26, 2017 10-11 a.m.
Wed, Feb. 1, 2017 4-5 p.m.
Mon, Feb. 6, 2017 12-1 p.m.
Thu, Feb. 9, 2017 5-6 p.m.

UCDC sends juniors and seniors to Washington, D.C. each semester to participate in prestigious internships and research projects for a full semester of UCB academic credit.

Students call the experience life-changing and one which jump starts careers, distinguishing them from other graduates after college.

All majors are welcome. UCB financial aid is transferrable.

Applications are currently available at http://ucdc.berkeley.edu.  

Applicants must have a GPA of 3.0 or higher, and have junior or senior standing in the semester they plan to attend.

More details about the program can found on our website, http://ucdc.berkeley.edu, as well as the brochure attached below.

See you at an info session!

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